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Ode to the Woman
By Annie Dimple Castelino

March 7, 2013

(March 8 is International Women's Day)

Ode to the Woman


Woman, your life is worth adulation

For the roles you play to perfection

Nothing is stronger than your mighty will

For ages you have shown character and will remain still

Your chores begin before the daybreak

You dash around, like that on a roller skate

For you have too many responsibilities to fulfill

Before the rest wake up, who are sleeping still


You have no allowances, bonus or pay

No leave, day-off or a holiday

Yet expected to work to perfection without complain

Else grumble, whine, whinge - around you will rain


Your contented face shines

When your family sumptuously dines

Even when the left over becomes your meal

Resentment or dejection you never feel


As you step into the street you are welcomed by the gaze

Which judges you whether you are reprehensible or worth- a -praise

To wear a dress of your choice you have no freedom

For the society will tag you and condemn


Woman, your patience needs a salute

Even in times of trial your faith is absolute

To your loved ones you are the tower of strength

In seeing them happy, you go to any length


As a mother you are an epitome of love

A guardian angel sent from above

As a sister your cheer and happiness you share

As a daughter you are the one who cares


As a wife you share joys and sorrows

And dream of beautiful tomorrows

Though your today’s are challenging and enduring

Yet you never give up and keep persevering


Woman, you are the hope of the world

The fortitude that you have unfurled

Will stand as a beacon of light

And will lead everyone in the life’s fight 


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Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi / BahrainMonday, March 11, 2013
Good to have you back with yet another masterpiece, Annie!! The risk to remain tight in the bud is more painful than the risk it takes to blossom. As you rightly sang, a woman is a full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.

See you here soon again.
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anita britto, Mangalore/AucklandSunday, March 10, 2013
Beautifully written - enjoyed reading it ,Annie
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Anita, Mangalore/CanadaSunday, March 10, 2013
Very nice :)
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Roshan Braganza, MumbaiFriday, March 08, 2013
Wonderfull note. Also never forget contribution of father , brother , husband which are constantly under valued...!
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Nisha D'Souza, BangaloreFriday, March 08, 2013
Beautiful poem, depicting the woman's life dedicated to the family from the morn till late night with unconditional love. .Hats off to you Annie & wish you a bright future.
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GREG D'SOUZA, pernal / florida usaFriday, March 08, 2013
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Preethi, Thursday, March 07, 2013
I am touched by the meaningful lines of 3rd & 4th stanza.
It reflects the real life of a Woman.
Excellent Attempt Dear Annie...
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Lance D' Costa, Mangalore / Abu DhabiThursday, March 07, 2013
A nice poem reflecting a Woman...her character and aspirations. Quite a befitting one for International Women's Day, which is tomorrow, March 8. Keep writing Annie & all the best!
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